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Wanli wugong lu 萬曆武功錄

Sep 21, 2010 © Ulrich Theobald

Wanli wugong lu 萬曆武功錄 "Campaigns of the Wanli Emperor 萬曆 (Emperor Shenzong 明神宗, r. 1573-1619)" is a report of military campaigns against rebellious movements during the Ming period 明 (1368-1644).

The author is Qu Jiusi 瞿九思, courtesy name Ruifu 睿夫, a scholar who refused a post in the Hanlin Academy 翰林院 and made his life as a private teacher. His 14-juan long book imitates the structure of official historiography. In chapters 1 to 7 Qu describes the campaigns against the many uprisings by peasants, miners, landless people, troops and non-Chinese peoples throughout the empire. Chapters 8 to 14 deal with the emperor's campaigns to appease the peoples on the northern border, mainly the Tartars (Mongols), Oirats and Jurchens.

Because the latter were the ancestors of the Manchus the book Wanli wugong lu was prohibited during the Qing period 清 (1644-1911), and only very few specimen have survived, among which one printed version only contains the second half of the book. In 1962 the Zhonghua Book Company 中華書局 republished the whole book, based on a contemporary original print.

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